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The Best of Friends (1991)

Adapted from their letters and journals, this is a portrayal of the unique twenty-five-year friendship shared by Dame Laurentia McLachlan (Benedictine nun), Sir Sydney Cockerell (museum ... See full summary »

Director:

Alvin Rakoff

Writers:

Sidney Cockerell (as Sir Sidney Cockerell), Felicitas Corrigan (book) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Gielgud ... Sydney Cockerell
Wendy Hiller ... Laurentia McLachlan
Patrick McGoohan ... George Bernard Shaw
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Adapted from their letters and journals, this is a portrayal of the unique twenty-five-year friendship shared by Dame Laurentia McLachlan (Benedictine nun), Sir Sydney Cockerell (museum curator), and George Bernard Shaw (playwright and critic). Written by Kathy Li

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Su mejor amigo See more »

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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Patrick McGoohan was concerned that he might be over-acting in the role of George Bernard Shaw, and sought advice from his co-stars, both of whom had known the real man well. Sir John Gielgud told him not to worry because "Shaw always over-articulated". See more »

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Suite in D
Written by Craig Braginsky and Patrick McGoohan
BMP Records (Division of BMP Audio) New Haven,CT.
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Superb play
25 November 2004 | by wisewebwomanSee all my reviews

One of those rare little gems that is a magical confluence of a superb script, skilled theatrical actors and faultless direction. A one of a kind hour.

It is based on the extraordinary correspondence exchanged between three well-known people. G.B. Shaw, the Irish playwright and avowed atheist, Dame Laurentia McLachlan, a Dominican abbess, illustrator and Gregorian chant master and Sydney Cockerell, a well-known curator.

The actors inhabit the characters and even though advanced in years and with extensive lines to memorize, manage to convey the warmth and idiosyncrasies behind each individual.

Some regret the death of the great letter-writing era as exemplified by this play. I think we may have re-invented it with e-mails and texting. A debatable point!

This play is not to be missed. It is truly exceptional.

Dame Wendy Hiller and Sir John Gielgud, we'll ne'er see your like again!

9 out of 10.


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